Was Sophie accepted to her top pick for college?
What high school will Josh be attending next year?
Have you decided on an elementary school for Piper yet?
These are the types of questions often asked this time of year as many families are thinking ahead to fall. Mid-winter is the time college acceptance letters are being delivered, private school applications are due, and elementary open houses are in full swing. It can be overwhelming for kids and even the most seasoned parents.
Whether your child is just starting his education or leaving the house for the first time to attend post-secondary school, it can feel daunting to find the “perfect” fit. While being bombarded with information, how do you and your child make the right choice?
Unfortunately, is there is no “perfect” school or a “do-over” if the fit is wrong. Your child cannot go back in time to redo his educational experience. This truth can many times paralyze us as parents from finding or assisting in the process of choosing the best-fit school for our children.
Instead of living in fear of making the wrong decision, be proactive and move forward with making a wise and informed decision. Here are a few strategies that may help you and your child filter through all the data.
1.Talk with parents and kids that have attended the school. Don’t just talk with people that have liked it but also people that did not. It’s helpful to hear both sides to see how your child would react to a similar environment.
2. Talk with a faculty member.
Why did you choose to work here?
What types of students typically succeed?
What are some of the struggles students have encountered?
3. Ask deeper questions of families and faculty members associated with the school.
What are you most proud of at this school?
If you could change one thing about this school what would it be?
4. Request a tour of the school or better yet, have your child spend entire day for a first-hand experience.
5. Above all and throughout the whole process, pray. With diligence in research and dependence on prayer, God will reveal the path he has for your child.
Honor your child in the process, his specific personality and learning style. Support him through all phases of his education. You are the parent chosen for your child to assist him in making the best use of the gifts and talents God has given him.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
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